Germans seek tips in attack on American woman in Kaiserslautern
August 10, 2005
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — German police are looking for a 25- to 35-year-old man who attacked, carjacked, robbed and tear-gassed a 35-year-old American woman Thursday after she visited a bank in downtown Kaiserslautern.
The suspect is about 5-foot-7 with a slim build. He has short, dark hair and brown eyes.
During the attack, the suspect wore a red baseball cap and brown gloves.
He speaks German with an eastern European accent, according to a German police news release.
Police were still seeking information on the attack as of noon Tuesday, said Christiane Lautenschläger, a police spokeswoman in Kaiserslautern.
The attack occurred Thursday afternoon after the victim visited the Kreissparkasse bank in the pedestrian zone of Kaiserslautern.
The victim went back to her black Mini Cooper that was parked in the Alte Theaterplatz parking lot. After entering her car and latching her seat belt, the suspect opened the passenger door, got down on the floor and held a weapon to the victim’s right side.
The suspect told the woman to drive out of town. Near Hungerbrunnen, an area about a 10- to 15-minute drive outside of Kaiserslautern, the suspect directed the victim to turn right onto a forest path and told her to stop the car out of sight from the street.
When the suspect began searching the victim’s purse, she unlatched her seat belt and attempted to escape.
The suspect grabbed the woman’s blouse and tore it, noticing a brown envelope that was tucked in her waistband.
The envelope contained several thousand euros.
The suspect then took the envelope and repeatedly struck the woman in her face. Next, he sprayed tear gas in her face and fled the scene on foot in the direction of the county road.
After a while, the victim then drove back to the road. Another driver saw her and called the German police.
The woman was transported to a hospital where she was treated for light injuries and shock.
Witnesses or anyone with information about the crime are asked to call police in Kaiserslautern at 0631-369-2620.